Leadership & Career

When an employee asks for a raise

July 22, 2020
An employee’s request for a raise can be an awkward situation, even if you feel an increase is justified. Handle the question with sensitivity and tact, and you’ll maintain a positive relationship whatever the answer. Follow these guidelines.

Conduct a solid employee survey

July 22, 2020
Employee surveys that help you understand your employees better can help you manage them more effectively. But you need to approach them carefully. Keep these suggestions in mind.

Inclusivity and harmony: The battle against racism

July 10, 2020
Companies and their leaders need to be at the forefront in the battle against racism.

Worker takes on too much?

July 10, 2020
You may be thrilled that some of your employees are always ready to take on whatever tasks need doing. But then you might start to notice that a lot of those tasks never get done. Try these techniques for getting those never-say-no employees on the right track.

Lead through challenging times

July 10, 2020
Here are some tips for keeping the team on track no matter what obstacles are stacked against you.

Bosses should strive to be respected, not liked

July 10, 2020
Most of us want to be liked by employees, customers, bosses, and everyone else with whom we interact professionally. Of course, as a manager, you have to do what’s right whether it’s popular or not.

Are your ‘best practices’ just that?

July 9, 2020
Experts may recommend adopting best practices and performance benchmarks to improve your group’s performance. However, as management consultant Michael McLaughlin cautions, don’t import ready-made solutions until you’re sure they’ll work in your situation. Test each practice four ways.

Morale is rooted in fun

July 9, 2020
Running a department or business is a serious endeavor. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sense of humor.

That’s no way to run the show

July 9, 2020
Even the best leaders make mistakes from time to time. What makes them stand apart is a willingness to face up to their flaws and correct them. Take a good look at your performance, and guard against these shortsighted errors.

An empathetic leader? Yes; a pushover? No

July 9, 2020
In these difficult times, we look to business leaders to take the helm of their company with confidence and authority. However, now is not the time to rule with an iron fist.